The torque converter clutch can stick "on" after extended freeway driving causing the engine to stall when coming to a stop. Our technicians tell us when this occurs, the engine usually will restart and stall when put into gear. After allowing about twenty minutes for the engine and transmission to cool down, the engine will start and the transmission will operate normally. Replacing the torque converter clutch solenoid, transmission filter, and fluid will generally correct this issue.
The Engine May Stall After Extended Freeway Driving on Chevrolet Cavalier
Average mileage: 117,971 (59,000–210,000)
Drive Train affected: Automatic Transmission
18 people reported this problem
1995 Chevrolet Cavalier - Automatic Transmission 167,000 mi, Visitor
I had the same problem. I unplugged the blue connection cable to the transmission. Problem solved.
I have also had the problem with my car stalling whenever I drove more than 10-12 miles (so frustrating)!!! This wasn't happening any more with freeway driving than it was with just driving on the city streets. It happened equally. About 4 years ago, the problem was finally found and corrected (after much hit and miss). The transmission sensor was heating up, and once that sensor was unplugged (up above the front driver's side of the car), the problem was taken care of. Having the sensor unplugged does not cause any additional problems with the car, so no worries there. Please note though: I have to remember to tell mechanic's who work on my car to please NOT plug it back in (thinking that they are doing a good thing). Otherwise, I'll find out they did as soon as my car starts stalling again.
1994 Chevrolet Cavalier 97,000 mi, Visitor
Car would stall after driving on the interstate and I came to a stop. The torque converter solenoid is bad and transmission shop fixed it for free. He just unplugged the harness and no more problem. He told me if I wanted it replaced it would only cost $150-$200. He said I would lose a few hundred rpm and a little gas mileage but I'm still getting 25mpg in town!
1991 Chevrolet Cavalier 94,300 mi, Visitor
When stoping at a light the engine would shake and stall. It will start right back up but stalls if put in gear. After sitting for couple min after you put it in gear it will not stall. At least until the next time a little later down the road
2004 Chevrolet Cavalier 93,389 mi, Visitor
The exact same thing but does it in town too and does it often
1993 Chevrolet Cavalier 200,000 mi, Visitor
have not made repairs to solve problem.
2005 Chevrolet Cavalier - Automatic Transmission 72,000 mi, Visitor
It will drive just fine - come to a stop - shuts off - put it in gear and it starts! Midas tried over four hours to find the problem - they cleaned this and that - not sure.
I too have had the problem of getting on the freeway and getting off and coming to a stop and the car stalling/